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I am a retired old lady on a fixed income. I had to sell my car 4 years ago because of health issues. I've been relying on Enterprise (one a month) since then to go to the grocery store and doctors once a month but the last two years Enterprise has been charging $100 per day for a (oftentimes beat up) economy car in their Sevierville, TN store. Because of the 15 million tourists here, they've decided to price gouge and are getting away with it. I can't afford to pay $75 to $100 to use a car one day so I'm trying to find a reliable (but inexpensive) car to purchase. I've found a 1995 Toyota Camry wagon that's in excellent mechanical condition per the mechanic that serviced this vehicle the last 22 years. The shop was kind enough to print me all 28 pages of maintenance records. The car has two owners. No records for the first 3 years; car driven 26,831 during that time. The remaining 22 years, the owner was a little old man, who per his mechanic, was fanatical about maintaining his car. He even had it painted recently because of oxidation. Both inside and outside look brand new. The issue I'm having is - the car was only driven 2,500 to 3,200 miles each year and those miles were in town (DC) driving only. The car today only has a little over 98,000 miles on the odometer. Having not been driven on the freeway for the last 22 years, would this car blow up on me if I drive it from it's current location (5.5 hrs of freeway driving at 60 to 70 mph and another 2 hours 50 or less mph home.) Would you buy this car if you were me? I desperately need a car for me and my (117 lb lab/pyrenees mix - Bailey.) In additional to yearly general maintenance, major repairs include, in 2006 the front exhaust pipe was replaced, 2012 a exhaust pipe was replaced again2016 the pcv valve replaced, oil pan gasket replaced, muffler replaced, radiator and resonator replaced; 2017 a/c refrigerant recharged, adapter seal replaced, motor mounts replaced, heater control valve replaced ....... The car is listed for $4000 and I think that's high given it's age but I don't know really. From all I've read, Toyota Camry's are a GREAT buy - would this one be for me?????????